Today’s topic is very special to me. On more than one occasion in recent days, I’ve had a conversation with a female colleague that seemed to lack self-confidence, both in herself and her abilities. These conversations have hurt my heart and left my mind reeling. I thought to myself, “These ladies are great! How can they not see that?” The answer is both complex and simple. We live in a culture of comparison, in a world that values self-love but also rewards those that have it all: beauty, brains, wealth, and large followings on social media.
In the field of sports, I know many women often feel underqualified, underpaid, underrepresented, and undervalued. And honestly, how could they not? It often feels like we are fighting an uphill battle and don’t want to step on anyone’s toes. We want to make a name for ourselves but we don’t want to be too vocal; we want to be respected but not come off as intimidating; we want to be well-versed in our craft but are worried we’ll seem like a know-it-all.
It won’t happen overnight, but we need women in this field to be more confident. We need our female colleagues to believe in themselves, their skills, their abilities, and their future. Thankfully, Ted-Ed has what seems like a million videos on this topic, including the one below. This quick hitter (only four minutes of your day) is called Three Tips to Boost Your Confidence. It made my Monday, and I hope you’ll enjoy it, too.
Of course, my door and my DMs are ALWAYS open if you need a more personalized pep talk. Connect with me on Twitter -- @kfgwinning. I’d love to chat!